Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s that time of year again to stuff your face and eat DELICIOUS food. This year it’ll just be my Husband, Hudson and I (And it’s Hudson’s 2nd birthday!) So we wanted to do a low-key dinner and keep it paleo! I know that sounds ridiculous but our bodies are finally adjusting back to healthy eating and we wanted to keep it that way!

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And although paleo – We have some MOUTHWATERING items planned. Looking for a healthier alternative for your dishes? You’re in the right place!

  1. Turkey as usual. We’re doing a dry rub and injecting with some cajun seasonings (Duh, I’m married to a cajun 😉 )
  2. Paleo Dressing! Recipe here!
  3. Paleo Cranberry Sauce
    • Mix and boil 1 Cup Water with 1 Cup Coconut Sugar
      • Once boiling and slightly thickened mix in 1 whole bag of cranberries (NON-FROZEN)
      • Once all cranberries popped mix in 2 packs of fresh blueberries and cook til softened! Then serve and enjoy!
  4. Paleo Rolls Made with Chebe Focaccia Bread Mix
  5. Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Maple Syrup & Rosemary
  6. Fresh Green Beans with Bacon
  7. Homemade Paleo Pumpkin Pie (Hubby’s Secret Recipe 😉 )
  8. A mini cake for Hudson’s birthday!!

These are all traditional Thanksgiving dishes that we tweaked to fit into our healthy lifestyle and we’re happy we’re doing it! It takes JUST as much work to make as normal dishes but we’ll feel fantastic afterwards! Oh.. And GO COWBOYS!! 

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Hold your loved ones a little closer this holiday. Be thankful for what you have. Thank God for the blessings you have. I know I will. Happy Thanksgiving y’all.

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Penwizard Books

Hey y’all – Be prepared for a ton of gift idea posts because IT’S SO CLOSE TO CHRISTMAS I CAN SMELL IT! One gift I am so so so excited for is one for my Step-Daughter. I found out about Penwizard which is company that makes amazing personalized Children’s book that adds your kiddos INTO the action of which story you choose.

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They’ve got my step-daughter’s two favorite cartoons as options (Peppa and Paw Patrol) so I had a super hard time deciding but the Peppa book gives you the option of even creating a little avatar of them, sooo… Decision made — I am SO excited to see her reaction!

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It isn’t often you get to read a book with your little that’s all about them.

Each and every book Penwizard prints is unique, just like your child! Founded from a love of children and children’s books, Penwizard set up a company that took children’s publishing to the next level.

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For more than 10 years, they’ve used their skills and expertise to push the boundaries and create inspirational books where children actually appear in the illustrations. You can get 15% off* your entire order or personalized books at Penwizard, just in time for the holidays! Use code HOLIDAY15 at checkout. *Valid until 12/25/2017.

I CAN’T WAIT TO GET IT! Pictures to come once I do 😉 

Coobie Seamless Bras

This is not my usual type of post (Even though I do want to start doing a little more fashion 😉 ) But I am SO excited to get my Coobie Bra because I’ve heard SO many great things about them! After becoming a Mom you realize how much your body changes and you need new types of bras. This has been such a problem for me lately. Been looking for a supportive yet comfortable bra for ages so was very intrigued when I heard Coobie deemed themselves with having The Most Comfortable Bra Ever.

Their reviews are outstanding and they’ve even got nursing bras for those expecting/breastfeeding! (I’m all about the #NormalizeBreastfeeding movement so love when companies have actual Mom-friendly bras!)

They’re perfect for everyday wear with their versatile one-size fits 32A – 36D, available in 7+ styles and 70+ colors/patterns, with adjustable straps and removable pads!! As most of us Moms do I’ve already got one for myself for Christmas from my Husband hahaha I cannot WAIT (May have to wear it til Christmas then box it up for myself last minute. Just too excited)

PROMOTION: My readers can save 30% on their entire order at http://www.shopcoobie.com Use code: USFG

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Try one with me, you’ll love it!

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

 

Mantra Monday – Elimination Diet

What you put into your body is sooooo important. That’s why I will be beginning an elimination diet. I’m starting over because I haven’t been feeling well every time I wake up or just any time of the day for that matter! I’m going back to my paleo basics of meat, fruits and vegetables.

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I sure hope it’s not caffeine that I’m sensitive to! *cries*

I will slowly begin to reintroduce my body to the things I love (That are still healthy) that may be causing me to have issues! People can have so many sensitivities to different foods and I don’t want to be the one who constantly suffers without answers so elimination diet it is!

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I wasn’t even aware eggs could cause sensitivity so it’s good to do your research so you can hopefully find the root causes of your food-related symptoms!

So this weekends Mantra is When diet is wrong medicine is of no use, when diet is correct medicine is of no need.

JORD Wood Watches

Giveaway!! At the end of this post! $100 Store Credit! && A 25% coupon code!

Yes, y’all I know – I’m currently obsessed with Christmas. So much so I’m pretty much completely done with Christmas shopping because I’ve been going on shopping sprees like a crazy person hahaha..

One gift I am SUPER stoked about is the JORD Wood Watch I’m getting my Husband!! He’s never found a watch he likes but has the sexy hairy man arms to rock them SO I got him a GORGEOUS JORD Dark Sandalwood watch – It’s the perfect gift for the loved ones in your life as they’re professional yet stylish and you can engrave them with sweet words of love and appreciation ❥Screen Shot 2017-11-09 at 9.05.49 AM.pngJORD Watches create hand-crafted wood timepieces with raw material and refined designs – JORD is run by artists, designers, marketers, and minders. They spend their days creating, considering, arguing, and hopefully agreeing 😉 Then they’ll scrap it all for the joy of starting new. They have fun which is their journey. They are focused on creating timepieces that are modeled after a modern lifestyle.

We value sustainability, efficiency, and experiential living. We make our watches for people who don’t just have somewhere to be, they have somewhere to go. The value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed, but in being aware of the need to make that time count. Moments are bigger than minutes and your watch should tell more than time.Screen Shot 2017-11-09 at 9.06.41 AM.pngThese high quality watches can be your perfect gift to your loved ones (or yourself 😉 ) at a great price with 25% off for my readers with the code simplykaraliz

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AND! I’m currently hosting a giveaway for a chance to win $100 Store Credit – That’s almost the whole cost of a really great watch! Enter here!

(I was compensated for this post with an amazing watch for my Hubby for Christmas and genuinely cannot WAIT. All opinions are my own)

 

Good Buy Gear

Ever have such an amazing experience with a company that you want to tell the world about them? That’s what this post is about. For parents living in Colorado, you’ve GOT TO TRY Good Buy Gear! They’ve got some AMAZING products with a unique twist. They’re an online infant/toddlers/children’s consignment shop that picks up the items and delivers!!

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I had things PILLING up in my garage from the kid’s past bedroom decor, to toys, books and more. I wasn’t having luck on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace and honestly felt uncomfortable meeting people whenever doing a sell without my Husband home – So decided to try something new. I had heard of Good Buy Gear from another Mom and decided to check it out.

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They’ve got some AMAZING products at such incredible prices!! I was able to get quite a few gifts for the kids for Christmas but most importantly.. I was able to make some room in our garage! I scheduled a pick-up appointment time to come grab my items and they made it SO easy for me! They did the research for descriptions, they clean up the items if needed AND find a great price to sell it at that people would find appealing (They run the prices/posts by you first before posting them!)

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Their Huge Warehouse in Arvada!

This is exactly what adapting to the future looks like! Making a consignment store online with the convenience of delivery/pick up is SO perfect for people who would be using this website – Parents with Busy Schedules!

Try it out!! There’s SO many amazing gifts for your kids AND a $10 gift code (TRYGOODBUY)

I just spent $42 on some amazing gifts!!! 😀 Can’t wait! ❥

Marcella’s Ristorante Denver

Italian food has always been a temptation for me. The smells, the pasta, the marinara sauce. It’s all. Just. Amazing. So when I heard about Marcella’s Ristorante opening in September in the fancy new LoHi neighborhood I jumped at the chance to try it!

As soon as you drive up you’re hit with an absolutely gorgeous view of downtown Denver. (Picturesque place to take anyone visiting Denver for the first time, or anytime!) And an even more stunning scene is when you walk into the restaurant itself. The interior embodies elegance yet the music keeps it hip and inviting. It’s got an upscale feeling without the outrageous upscale pricing – Which is SO nice for families (Especially parents on a date night 😉 )

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Marcella’s Gnocchi – Photo by Suzanne Bastien (My Mom who also went!)

I was seated by the nicest hosts we’ve had in awhile and our server Hannah was delightful. The smells instantly made us hungry and we were excited to try it all! But we started with their Tuscan LiMonata cocktails first and fell in LOVE – It was made with their Housemade Limoncello and you could absolutely tell due to the sheer freshness it had ❥

We had some delicious bread brought to our table but when we mentioned our usual strict paleo habits they brought us their gluten-free menu and bread to try. It was SO SO good – And so thoughtful! They’re so considerate they even have a whole different pizza oven dedicated for gluten-free sensitive people so it doesn’t touch gluten!

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Marcella’s Braised Veal MeatBall – Photo by Suzanne Bastien (My Mom who also went!)

We decided to next try their appetizer meatball and were blown away. It was literally the best meatball we’ve EVER had. HOW can something be cooked fully yet crumble apart in your mouth?! *Drool*

This definitely excited us for the entree which we decided on their Sicilian Pizza with Banana Peppers added. SO GOOD – And the star of the show?? THEIR BANANA PEPPERS. Never EVER had more fresh tasting peppers in my life. It was crazy how much it happened to stand out against everything else, it just showed how dedicated they are to fresh, real ingredients.

We ended the night with two desserts because we couldn’t decide.. We had their Profiteroles (pistachio, chocolate & honey vanilla gelato, warm chocolate ganache) and Zeppoles (Essentially beignets that you dip in chocolate and my cajun boy HAD to see what it was all about 😉 ) Needless to say we destroyed both desserts WITHOUT guilt!

And this was my SECOND trip here. I had been here previously with my Mom and we got to try some more of their incredible menu items.. It was just so good I had to bring my Husband because he would appreciate it’s atmosphere and delicious foods and he SO did.

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The photos above are some photos my Mom snapped on our last trip through and it doesn’t even capture how delicious these foods looked, smelled and tasted. SO come try it for yourself – You’ll never EVER be disappointed.. We’re already trying to plan another trip down (This time at night because the patio is lit up so beautifully you’ll feel like royalty along with the lights of downtown beside it!)

Marcella’s Denver

1801 Central Street,
Denver, Colorado 80211
(720) 484-5484

(I was compensated with some delectable food in exchange for this completely honest review of their amazing restaurant!)

Organizing Holiday Decorations

Hey y’all – I’ve got a 9 day cold going on and am miserable. So, the last thing I wanted to deal with was a ton of decorations thrown back into flimsy boxes and hoisted up into a random spot in the garage. So amid my illness I decided to try something new.

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I sat my butt on the couch and created an excel sheet that would assist me in labeling each box by number for each holiday (So that if I ever didn’t need a box I could reuse it for another holiday or for the kid’s Winter/Summer clothes!).

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I ran to Walmart and picked up 6 (For Now) clear large bins (For only $4 each!) and a thick Sharpie! I ran home and marked each bin with a 1, 2, 3, 4 and so on. I was able to get ALL of my Halloween decorations to fit into 3 bins (With bulky stuff sitting to the side of course) Made it so much less stressful and looks way cleaner now!

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Now I cannot WAIT for Christmas – It’ll be SO much easier to get everything back into their respective boxes without the worry of missed boxes AND the flimsy cardboard boxes being so heavy that they empty through the bottom of the box when trying to bring them down or put them back up!

LOVE this idea and wish I would’ve thought of it earlier! Recommend it to anyone really but especially families because it makes it way easier to find decorations instead of making it an entire afternoon ordeal just trying to find each box when your kids are dying to put stuff up!

Bye Halloween! Helloooooo Thanksgiving and Christmas! 

Mantra Monday

**New blog segment! Mantra Mondays..

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I’m back at it. Fall time (Honestly, anytime.) makes it hard to want to stay motivated with health but once you don’t feel like yourself anymore, health or appearance wise, then you make the changes you need and want.

Back to full on paleo because I’ve been sick for a full week. Why? My immune system is weak – I haven’t been eating well and have been drinking a lot of whiskey and warm ciders (So good though..).

But now I know what I need to do. I need to think about my health more – Mainly so I can have my energy and strength back for my son and be the Mother I need to be. For Hudson and for myself. So, this week’s Mantra is – Believe in Yourself!

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Ghoulish Halloween Dinner (For Kids!)

It’s almost Halloween!! Our kids are SO excited. They’ve nearly got their costumes by the front door hahaha! We’re excited for all of the plans we have starting today til Halloween! Pumpkin carvings, haunted houses, festivals, Boo at the Zoo, and ghoulish treats!

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For dinner tonight I decided to make the kids some delicious and hilarious looking goodies – Mummy Dogs and ghost bread! I preheated the oven to 350°F and grabbed a roll of Crescent Rolls, some cheddar cheese and a pack of Oscar Meyer Weiners!

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I opened the dough roll, laid it out flat and cut the dough into long strips to make it easier to wrap the dogs in their Mummy Wrappings (I placed the cheese over the weiner before wrapping it) Obviously they weren’t going to eat ALL the weiners so I used the leftover dough to make Ghost Bread (I didn’t have any Halloween cutters so I used a gingerbread man and joined together his legs hahaha!) and BRAINSS (Which was balled up leftover dough with red food coloring)!

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I placed the pan in the oven and cooked for about 13-15 minutes! I kept a watchful eye on the ghost bread since they were a little thin (But they got SO fluffy! So they cooked ALL perfectly at the same amount of time!)

 

Once they were done I dotted eyes on the mummies and biscuits with ketchup and mustard and the kids DEVOURED them! I added a jack n’ cheese cup to their dinner for a cute Halloween extra 😉

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The kids had some pumpkin honey on their brainssssss and ghost bread! It was sooooo yummy!

It’s little meals like this that really get the kids excited for Halloween AND helps them eat if they’re being picky hahaha!

Try it for your kids today, they’ll love them!!